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Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Professional for your Move In Cleaning

Before and after showing a move in move out cleaning in Plano, TX

Move In Cleaning: Let a pro take care of this for you!


Whether you are planning your move in weeks in advance or are picking up the keys tomorrow, the last thing you want to add to what is already a long list is cleaning your new property yourself. Here are our top five reasons to hire a professional house cleaning company for your move in cleaning.


Cleaning Time: What’s Your Time Worth?


On average, it takes a professional house cleaner 2 hours per 500 square feet. That means for a 2,000sf home, you are looking at roughly 8 hours of cleaning time. That’s a full day!


Whether you are moving across the street or across the country, to say that moving is stressful would be an understatement. From getting utilities set up to coordinating the movers and purchasing new items for your home, the list goes on and on and the work generally continues until well after the move.


And don’t forget, once your furniture and appliances are in, it’s harder to clean underneath, meaning the pressure’s on to get everything spic and span before the movers arrive.


Here at Dallas Sunrise Maids, we clean over 300 properties per week and always have two person cleaning teams, meaning it would take us 4 hours for our 2,000 square foot home example above. Key here is us (or any professional house cleaning company), not you.



Cleaning Equipment: If You Don’t Have It, You’re Going To Need It


Most professional cleaning companies will carry at least 30 different kinds of cleaning products and cleaning supplies, some of which are used almost exclusively for a move in cleaning.


If you’ve just moved into a new property, you’ll want to make sure that your oven is nice and clean, so that the food comes out smelling like it’s supposed to and not like the previous residents’ frozen pizza.


That means you’ll need to pick up some Easy-Off, thick rubber gloves, microfiber towels (we dont recommend steel wool) and plan on at least an hour to let the cleaning supplies work their magic.


Got spider webs and ceiling fans? If you are moving into a home for the first time and the previous resident didn’t do a good job cleaning, then you probably do. Best way to get those is a 12’ extension along with a special tip to clean the ceiling fan blades and get the dust out of the light fixtures.


How about cleaning the floors?


We vacuum the floor prior to mopping, meaning you’ll need to pick up two commercial grade, hepa-filtered vacuum cleaners. Between the canister vacuum and an upright, figure around $1,000 for something decent that will pick up pet hair, dander, dust, and debris.


Not to mention Granite Gold if you have any natural stone surfaces, Zep to clean your grout, Weiman for your stainless steel, Clorox with Bleach for your Toilets, and the list goes on!


Between equipment and cleaning supplies, plan on spending around $1,500. And unless you love cleaning, don’t plan on using too many of those cleaning supplies and equipment again.



Cleaning Your Entire Property For A Move In Clean


Ongoing, recurring house cleaning is one thing. Cleaning a property for the first time, prior to moving in, is another.


In essence, a move in clean is a deep clean with extra details.


A deep clean generally entails getting rid of spider webs, clearing any dust-obstructed air vents, ceiling fans, blinds, window sills, all the way down to the baseboards. A deep clean should also include cleaning the exterior of cabinets and drawers, vacuuming and mopping the floors and cleaning all other surfaces such as countertops, sinks, showers and toilets.


In addition to what is covered in a deep clean, every move in cleaning requires a thorough cleaning of the interior of the drawers and cabinets as well as cleaning the interior of appliances such as the refrigerator and oven. Not to mention a full cleaning of all of the closets that will eventually be filled up with your stuff.


Imagine what happens if you start unpacking on top of the former resident’s layer of dust. Gross 🙂


Want to know a secret? Here at Dallas Sunrise Maids, the price is the same for a one time deep clean as it is for a move in clean.


Curious as to why?


Well, our logic is that it takes roughly the same amount of time to clean even though more is offered on a move in clean. That’s because on a move in cleaning, we require the property to be completely empty so no furniture or construction debris.


Since a one time deep clean includes vacuuming inside, around and underneath furniture like couches as well as making the beds and wiping down all personal items, we’ve found that when these items are not in a home, it takes us less time to clean. That means we have more time to clean inside the cabinets and drawers as well as inside the appliances and closets.



Your First Visitors After Moving In


Whether it’s new neighbors or out of town guests, there’s nothing like showing off your new home.


Do you want your new property smelling like the old resident’s pets? Do you want grandma to discover something that the former resident’s 17 year old son left in a corner in his closet?


You get the idea.



Getting a Truly Fresh (And Clean) Start


The clock is ticking on a move in clean, because once your stuff starts coming in, then it’s already too late. Sure, you can try to clean a packed closet that wasn’t cleaned well the first time. And you can also move the fridge or oven off the wall to get the stains that were never cleaned by the former resident. Heck, you can even tackle the entire move in cleaning yourself.


But how nice would it be to move in to a peaceful and relaxing home? One that smells like you. Or even better, one that smells clean. That looks clean. That feels clean.


Its one less thing on your list. It sets a precedent. It creates space in what is already a very chaotic time and allows you to focus on other things like getting to know your new neighborhood, signing your kids up for new activities, or discovering the closest dog park.





Well, there you have it. If that list didn’t scare you into hiring a professional house cleaning company for your move in clean, then maybe you truly have a passion for cleaning. Which we can totally appreciate!


But if you are ready to hire someone, then fill out the form below or give us a call today for pricing and availability.


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